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Outdoor Summer Concert Guide

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By Alicia Dziak

Outdoor concert season is here in WNY! Whether you like your music on the country, rock, hip hop or throwback side, there’s something for everyone.

Right here in Springville, the Thursday concert series is underway. Concerts are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fiddlers Green Park gazebo in downtown Springville. Shows are free and open to the public. In case of rain, concerts are held in the town hall at 86 Franklin St.

June 21: Band of Brothers (classic rock)

June 28: Springville Jazz Band (jazz, big band, swing)

July 4: Gene Hilts & the Rustic Ramblers (traditional county) at Concord Community Park followed by fireworks

July 5: The Road Runners (oldies rock ‘n’ roll)

July 12: Mercantile Musicians (country, bluegrass and country gospel)

July 19: Queen City Swing Big Band (big band swing)

July 26: Homemade Jam (country and oldies)

Aug. 2: Gene Hilts & the Rustic Ramblers (traditional country)

Aug. 9: One Song (vintage country)

Aug. 16: The Pyramid Band (big band)

Aug. 23: Low Blue Flame (rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues)

Aug. 30: Western New Yorkers (country music)

Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival is coming to Holiday Valley June 29-July 1.

On Friday, June 29, Michael Glabicki, the lead singer of Rusted Root, and his new band, Uprooted, will take to the stage performing Rusted Root classics as well as new tracks. Opener in Funktional Flow.

The following night, on June 30, check out Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, celebrating the “40th Anniversary Grand Illusion Album Tour”.

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of  STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight top 10 hits. His live concert with his six-piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s.

On Sunday, July 1, the Buffalo Philharmonic will be back for their 25th engagement at the Summer Music Festival. The show, “Vinyl Fever,” will feature songs from the Beatles, Billy Joel, Abba, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. The evening will conclude with everyone’s favorite 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes forever to an incredible fireworks display. This is an all ages event, so pack up your picnic basket and bring the whole family. As always, 12 and under are free to both concerts.

Bets pricing is available through June 18. For tickets and information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.

July 6-8 brings the 27th annual Blue Heron Music Festival to Sherman, N.Y., and will feature Donna The Buffalo,

The Felice Brothers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Suitcase Junket, The Gunpoets, The Town Pants, Driftwood, Bobby Henrie And The Goners, The Probables, Danielle Ponder And The Tomorrow People and The Hindu Cowboys, among many others. A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the weekend. Visit www.greatblueheron.com for more info.

Canalside’s Thursday series started up last week with early 2000s hip hop stars Method Man and Redman. The remainder of the summer’s schedule is as follows:

June 14: Fitz & the Tantrums

June 28: Umphrey’s McGee

July 7: Vanilla Ice

July 12: Arrested Development

July 19: Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Beth Hart

July 26: Father John Misty

Aug. 2: Dark Star Orchestra

Aug. 9: Headstones

Aug. 17: Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Purchase $5 General Admission tickets at all 17 WNY Consumer’s Beverages locations, at the Information Kiosk on the Boardwalk at Canalside (until 2 p.m. on the day of the show) and on www.eventbrite.com. General Admission tickets purchased beforehand will come with a drink ticket, good for a free beer, wine, soda, or water at the concert; tickets purchased at the door on the day of the show do not include a free drink coupon.

In addition, Canalside is also the site of other concerts this summer. On Saturday, June 16, head to Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle 2018 from 1:30-11 p.m.

On Saturday, June 30, The Summer Soul Festival, featuring Faith Evans, Eric Benet, Ginuwine, Next, 702, Lil Mo’ and more takes over the waterfront. Tickets are on sale at www.thesummersoulfest.com, Doris Records and Ticketfly.com

Did you grow up in the 90s blaring Push It and Feel Me Flow on Majic 102? On Saturday,  Aug. 11, Stage One Live Presents the I Love The 90’s Tour, featuring Salt –N- Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Color Me Badd, C&C Music Factory, Rob Base, DJ Kool and more, live at Canalside. Hip hop hooray ho!

Artpark in Lewiston is another popular outdoor venue, one that overlooks the Niagara River gorge and boasts numerous shows all summer. Here is a schedule of their upcoming concerts:

June 19: Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers & The Wood Brothers

June 26: Blue Rodeo

July 3: Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton

July 10: Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra & KT Tunstall

July 17: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive By Truckers & The Marcus King Band

July 24: Gov’t Mule

July 27: Fleet Foxes

July 28: Ween

Jul 31: Brit Floyd

Aug 1: Portugal. The Man

Aug 7: Jeff Beck & Ann Wilson

Aug 10: Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure & Pepper

Aug 12: All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional

Aug 14: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

Aug 21: The Spinners

Aug 22: O.A.R. & Matt Nathanson

Aug 28: Boy George, Culture Club & The B-52s

Who doesn’t love a concert at Darien Lake? Make a day of it and ride some coaster before seeing the show. Darien Lake concerts include:

June 19: Dead and Company            

June 24: Zac Brown Band

June 26: Poison with Cheap Trick

June 27: Dave Matthews Band            

June 28: Chris Stapleton

July 3:  Logic

July 13: Lynyrd Skynyrd

July 21: Lady Antebellum

July 22: Kesha and Macklemore

July 24: Godsmack & Shinedown

July 25: Warped Tour

Aug. 3: Slayer

Aug. 4: Dierks Bentley

Aug. 7: Chicago & REO Speedwagon

Aug. 10: Jason Aldean

Aug. 12: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson

Aug. 16: Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town

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